Javier Paramo has experienced 15 minutes of fame many times. You might know him from his beautiful white MA60 Celica Supra or appearance on Wheeler Dealers, Netflix’s Fastest Car, his cameo in Fast and the Furious 1, his annual hosting of Supras in Vegas, or his features in Import Tuner and MotorMavens.
What you might not know is that there’s a good chance he was the very first Mexican drifter. Javier is Benson’s old friend, and they spent a lot of time together in the junkyards, wrenching on their cars and just being young guys who loved Japanese style cars. They later learned how to drift together. Javier eventually went on to win 2nd place at the 2nd Option Ikaten ever held on US soil in early 2003 at Irwindale Speedway.
Take a stroll down memory lane with us as we talk about early import car culture and how it eventually lead Javier to being on the podium next to Andy Yen and Alex Pfeiffer at an event that became a major turning point for American drifting.
For more info on Javier, please follow him on IG at @javparada